Michele Bachmann Serves Up a Warning for Parents (VIDEO)

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Michele BachmannA video of a woman comparing efforts to stomp out bullying in our nation's schools to "turning boys into girls" is disturbing Americans today because it comes from Michele Bachmann, candidate for president and Congresswoman representing Minnesota. But that's not the real problem. Americans should be upset because it comes from a mother, and it's evidence that there are still parents in America who believe that teaching their sons kindness and diplomacy is tantamount to labeling them as wimps and sissies.

Where are these neanderthals? Besides Congress, they're living in towns across America, where you still hear Moms and Dads refusing to address bullying with their boys. From the parents of the bullies, you hear comments like "that queer asked for it," as in the case of a 17-year-old boy currently on trial in California for shooting a 15-year-old classmate. His lawyers are trying the so-called "gay panic defense," claiming that Brandon McInerney was provoked to kill Lawrence King because King was flirting with him.

Just as dangerous, we've got the parental response to the boys who are actively being bullied. We've seen a rash of boys being encouraged to fight their bullies because, well, that's the "manly" way to deal with things.

And we wonder why 160,000 kids stay home from school every day out of fear of being bullied? Why as much as 77 percent of our kids report they were bullied? This is why it's more than a teehee, look at the controversial candidate once again making a fool of herself issue. It's a serious parenting one. Because bullies not dealt with beget tragedy.

As Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast (who pulled up this five-year-old gem from Bachmann's past) points out, in Bachmann's district, where she ostensibly represents the values of the average parent -- after all, they voted for her -- schools are suffering what's been termed a mental health crisis. Teen suicides are spiking.

Now consider teen victims of bullying are as much as nine times more likely than their peers to consider suicide, if not act on it. One British study even estimates that as much as half of teen suicides were caused by bullying. If parents are still more scared of turning their sons into girls than of losing our kids to suicide, we've got a long way to go in America.

Check out Michele Bachmann's statement and tell us if you agree with her:

 

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Nraw2011 Nraw2011

I wonder if she'd tell her child to suck it up if they came to her after being the target of a bully?  Sounds like maybe that's how her parents handled it.  She's also sounding like the parent who uses the ol "boys will be boys" line when their child is the one doing the bullying.  Ugh. 

Shannon LC Cate

Guess what? There's an epidemic of teen suicide in her district too. Go figure:


http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/07/michele-bachmann-teen-suicide

Courtney Paige Neale

No ones actually going to vote for her.....right?!?!

Marjc... Marjchaos

Boys are not any more inherently violent than girls.  Look at Youtube. Violence and abuse should not be tolerated. Period.

nonmember avatar Ed Sallia

It's sad, really. Here is a woman who is, supposedly, well educated with a few years of life experience and her ideas seem to come right out of the 1930s. I am guilty, myself, of indulging in nostalgia for the past at times, but I do not pine for the days when boys beat up other boys because they did not like them for some (or no) reason. I would implore Michele to consider the consequences of some of the positions she takes.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I'll vote for her if she gets the nomination - Obama will NOT get my vote.  So unless someone with a brain at the DNC convinces him to hang it up and give a moderate, capable, experienced Lib a chance to fix his mess, a LOT of people will be voting for her.

zandh... zandhmom2

I see her point to an extent.  I do believe that people in general these days are way too sensitive.  I don't agree with the whole "boys will be boys" but if a kid decides one day not to be friends with another kid, then that is not bullying.  I think we have over used that word to now include anyone saying anything that someone else disagree with to mean they are being bullying.  We as parents need to teach our children to be strong and have self confidence and to remember that sticks and stone will make your bones but names will never hurt you.  It may seem silly but it is true.  I have never let how someone else feels about me affect me and I guess thats because I have good self esteem. I teach my kids that not everyone is going to like them, that's life.  As adults we certainly don't like everyone we meet and it's really no different for kids. 


 

Fancy... Fancy-Schmancy

She's got no chance in the primary, let alone in the general.  The Republicans are still looking for a 'prince charming' to save them -- which is why 'generic Republican' still beats all the others (including the president, by one point). Bachmann has too much crazy in her past. This isn't the wackiest thing she's said or done.


zandhmom2 -- Sounds good...report back when your child is bullied, won't you? We've been there...and not all the self-esteem in the world helps when you are 8 and somebody bigger and meaner  is attacking you every time you turn around -- and the school system just shrugs. Because it's not just 'name-calling'...it's violence.

AngiDas AngiDas

She is a moron and IF anyone thinks she is worth a vote,then they are a fool. Kids are killing themselves because of bullying. THAT IS NOT OK! If anyone agrees with her,please hope and pray you kid(s) never get bullied..ever.

Nraw2011 Nraw2011

@zandhmom2    If kids only had to worry about someone "not wanting to be their friends"  then k-12 grade would be filled with rainbows and lollipops.  The only one who seems confused about bullying is Michelle.  We're talking about systematic abuse that most times involves acts of violence.  I mean if one of your co-workers shoved you into a wall every time they passed you in the halls at work I doubt you'd just let it roll off your back.  If you complained to your boss and they said you were being "way too sensitive" how would that make you feel?  I think you are over simplifying the issue.   

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